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William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
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Education/Arts: Early, Elementary and Secondary Education

E2 Department of Early Education and Care

E3 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education


E2 Department of Early Education and Care (EEC)
Executive Office of Education
51 Sleeper Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02210
Tel: 617-988-6600
Fax: 617-988-2451
www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-early-education-and-care

Children's Trust Fund
55 Court Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: 617-727-8957
Fax: 617-727-8997
http://childrenstrustma.org

The Department of Early Education and Care sets standards for and monitors childcare programs throughout the state. It is responsible for fostering the well-being of children enrolled in child care by establishing and enforcing health and safety standards. Through its regional offices, it licenses the state's child care centers, nursery schools, private kindergartens, family day care homes, school age child care programs, preschool programs, residential and temporary shelter facilities for children, and foster care and adoption placement agencies. EEC also administers and purchases subsidized child care for income eligible families, families receiving Transitional Assistance, early learning services, and child care resource and referral services. The office also provides information and referral for parents seeking child care. In addition, the office oversees a primary prevention program: the Children's Trust Fund (see above) which was established to provide statewide child abuse prevention programs at elementary schools. EEC serves children up to age 18 (to age 22 with special needs) and their families. EEC also administers and purchases subsidized childcare for income eligible families, families receiving Transitional Assistance, early learning services, special child care services and child care resource and referral services.

Regional Offices:

1250 Hancock Street, Suite 605 North
Quincy, MA 02169
Tel: 617-472-2881
Fax: 617-472-2722

360 Merrimack Street,
Building 9, 3rd Floor
Lawrence, MA 01843
Tel: 978-681-9684
Fax: 978-689-7618

1441 Main Street, Suite 230
Springfield, MA 01103
Tel: 413-788-8401
Fax: 413-784-1227

One Washington Street, Suite 20
Taunton, MA 02780
Tel: 508-828-5025
Fax: 508-828-5235

10 Austin Street, Suite 400
Worcester, MA 01609
Tel: 508-798-5180
Fax: 508-798-5181


E3 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906
Main Number: 781-338-3000
TTY: 1-800-439-2370
Teacher Licensure: 781-338-6600
www.doe.mass.edu

The Department is the administrative arm of the State Board of Education. It offers technical consultation and guidance to all public primary and secondary schools in the state. Some of the specific responsibilities include Chapter 188 and Chapter 727, school improvement laws; Chapter 766, the special education law; transitional bilingual education; Chapter 622, the anti-discrimination law; the integration of schools; occupational education; adult education including literacy programs; school building standards; program and hour requirements; early childhood education; teacher certification; and educational technology. It publishes a directory of public and private elementary and secondary schools, sold at the State Bookstore, and information on the distribution of high school graduates. It serves as the clearinghouse for research and data for the department and school systems.


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